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Toshiba rises above competition with world’s lightest¹ notebook PC

Toshiba rises above competition with world’s lightest¹ notebook PC

NEUSS, Germany, June 5, 2007 – Toshiba’s Computer Systems Division today launches the world’s lightest notebook PC¹ without optical disc drive. Building on Toshiba’s commitment to lead industry innovation, the Portégé R500 has been designed to take mobile computing to the next level by defining a new breakthrough for portability, productivity and style. It builds on the previous design credentials of the Portégé range by giving business users a stylish and productive choice to work with, while also securing business data and personal information.

The Portégé R500 is available in single and dual spindle configurations. The single spindle Portégé R500 weighs in at a tiny 779 grams – approx. 100 grams less than previous industry bests for a single spindle configuration – and is Toshiba’s first notebook to feature a Flash-based 64GB Solid State Disc (SSD). SSDs have the advantages of being more resilient to shock and vibration, more power efficient, quieter and with faster boot-up and read times. Portégé R500

The dual spindle configuration of the Portégé R500 includes the world’s first¹ 7mm optical disk drive, a feature that helps the system maintain its ultraportable form factor while increasing the system’s overall productivity level. The inclusion of an integrated DVD-SuperMulti Drive into a system measuring 19.5 mm thin eliminates the bulk and inconvenience of carrying external drives and cables, making it Toshiba’s ultimate ultraportable mobile computing solution. Additional features include a hard disk drive with up to 120GB, with in-built shock protection and 3-D Accelerometer, which detects acceleration from all directions. The 3D accelerometer helps guard the HDD against awkward accidental drops, including spinning, falling notebook, by rapidly removing the HDD head from between the HDD platters, better protecting the notebook in all three rotational dimensions of pitch, roll and yaw.

“When looking at a truly mobile device, the initial focus of the design has to be the weight and size. Reducing weight is the easy bit, putting more functionality in and maintaining high quality for data protection – now that’s a challenge,” said Thomas Teckentrup, General Manager, EMEA marketing, Computer Systems Division, Toshiba Europe GmbH. “If you’re moving to the next level of mobile computing you need to consider the whole user wish list in one portable device. The Portégé R500 might be incredibly thin and light, but it’s got all the functionality that would be found in PCs twice its size.” Portégé R500

Designed to embrace the diverse usage options that mobility promotes, the Portégé R500 series is the world’s first notebook computer to incorporate an indoor/outdoor transflective 12.1-inch diagonal widescreen LED backlit display. This unique innovation is ideal for usage in virtually any type of lighting condition. Indoors, the LED backlit display produces an image, rich in colour saturation and superb quality. Outdoors, the transflective screen uses natural sunlight to bring the display’s colours and images to life. Integrating a transflective screen enables users to expand their mobile computing experience beyond the traditional four walls of their office, home or local coffee shop.

The Portégé R500 measures just 19.5/25.5 mm in height – making it one of the thinnest notebooks with ODD in the industry– but with a full size screen and keyboard it is a viable alternative to other larger notebooks. The notebook also addresses user demand for very long battery of between 7 hours² and up to 12.5 hours² of battery life depending on the battery specifications. The single spindle configuration has a three-cell battery, while the 2-spindle configuration uses a six-cell battery, however customers will have the option to upgrade their battery, or purchases additional batteries for even longer battery times.

The design credentials of the notebook compare well to even the most style-led devices on the market. The notebook comes in a sleek, silver design with blue illuminated front edge display, and reinforces Toshiba’s focus on creating the wow factor in business computing.

To achieve this ultracompact foot print, Toshiba utilized its proprietary High Density Mounting Technology process to create a miniature motherboard with dual-sided component mounting. This innovative process allowed Toshiba to drastically reduce the size of the motherboard and enhance its overall functionality by providing enough system real estate for the inclusion of an integrated 7mm optical disk drive. The motherboard of the Portégé R500 is more than 35-percent smaller than the Portégé R200, its predecessor.

Executive Durability

Despite its small size, the Portégé R500 has been meticulously engineered to exceed executives’ requirements for security and data protection. With key components from fingerprint authentication, spill resistant keyboard, built-in hard drive protection to advanced high-density magnesium alloy chassis material provided by the 2nd generation of Toshiba EasyGuard technology to the compact motherboard designed with Toshiba High Density Mounting Technology, the Portégé R500 has been painstakingly designed to deliver a more reliable and secure mobile computing experience.

New Docking Station

Completing the look for the Portégé R500, when working in the office or at home, the notebook can be connected to its own bespoke Toshiba Slim Port Replicator II, which includes four USB ports, a gigabit Ethernet connection, DVi and RGB interfaces.

The Portégé R500 ships with Genuine Microsoft Windows Vista™ Premium as standard. First models available starting July 2007.

About Toshiba

The Computer Systems Division of Toshiba Europe GmbH is a leading vendor for mobile computing solutions. Headquartered in Neuss, Germany, the Computer Systems Division of Toshiba Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Toshiba Corporation, the world's eighth-largest computer and electronics company.

Toshiba Corporation is a leader in information and communications systems, electronic components, consumer products and power systems. The company's integration of these wide-ranging capabilities assures its position as an innovator in advanced components, products and systems. Toshiba has more than 161,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of US$60 billion (FY2006).

¹ as of May 2007, based on Toshiba survey
² 3-Cell battery = 7 hours / 6-cell battery = 12.5 hours, battery life measured following JEITA Standards

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